Located at Kuvathur off the East Coast Road (ECR), 80km from Chennai, close to the famous Mahabalipuram, the Golden Bay resort is an ideal place to shut the world out.
Equipped with all material comforts, it boasts of a large swimming pool and a floating restaurant, apart from private fishing beach, fitness centre sauna, spa, water sports (motorised and non-motorised), massage and steam room.
About one-and-half kilometres from the main road, this four-star leisure retreat charges anything between Rs 5,500 and Rs 10,000 per day for a room depending on the size and category.
But the cost is not an issue for around 120 AIADMK MLAs lodged here, under close guard of party ‘goondas’.
The MLAs were packed into luxury buses, first taken to three or four hotels in Chennai and then brought to this resort.
Not just the MLAs, even the resort staff have been barred from using their mobile phones. Mediapersons trying to visit the resort were prevented from going near it.
Inside the resort, the ministers were put in charge of the MLAs and were given the responsibility of ensuring that they remain lodged there safely. On Friday morning, there were reports that these MLAs, said to be unhappy over their confinement, would be broken up into smaller groups and shifted to another location.
A case seeking the release of the captive MLAs is expected to come up for hearing on Friday. On Thursday, a government lawyer told the Madras high court that the MLAs were staying at the MLA hostel and that some of them were staying at the resort on their own volition.
The MLAs were brought to the resort at around 11 pm in two buses on Wednesday. After an hour, there was another bus-load of AIADMK leaders, including few cadres. Ministers and few other AIADMK leaders came in different vehicles.
Another smaller batch of MLAs was lodged at another resort close to Kalpakkam. At both the places, the members were kept under close surveillance and were not allowed to step out.